Travelabulous is Alive!

Travelabulous is Not Dead

Ok, so nobody has asked that question. I should explain. I was reading an old blog post from Paul Graham last week. The topic was, “How Not to Die.” Graham delivered the message as a speech at a Y-Combinator summer dinner back in 2007. Two sentences jumped out at me: “For us the main indication of impending…

Communicating

Communication is Really Hard!

When I say communication is hard, I mean all communication is hard. It could be in a loving relationship of two people, parents and their children, or between business partners. And, it is really hard even when all parties share a common set of values and beliefs. If they don’t – yikes! I read blogs and…

design for irrationality

Design for Irrationality?

We humans are very irrational creatures – even this far down the evolutionary path. I recently finished a course on irrationality that was led by Dan Ariely from Duke University (which already inspired posts on the power of default and the IKEA effect). The course covers other fascinating topics like the pain of paying, the strong attachment to…

IKEA Effect

The IKEA Effect

Wow! It has been a long time since my last post. I feel like I should be in Bloggers Anonymous. “My name is Kirk and it has been 18 days since my last post …” I hope, like me, that came out like the voice of Bruce, the shark, from Finding Nemo. To continue from my…

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The Power of Default

In the spirit of personal growth and self-improvement, I have been taking a few courses on Coursera, which I highly recommend. This week I started one titled, A Beginner’s Guide to Irrational Behavior by Dan Ariely, a professor at Duke University. I am completely intrigued by how irrational people’s decisions are – especially in a…